Ice Cube has reacted to Tony Yayo's argument that The Notorious B.I.G. outshines him as a storyteller, following Yayo's appearance on Drink Champs. Engaging in a conversation with DJ Whoo Kid on a fine Tuesday, the legendary N.W.A. rapper humbly acknowledged that opinions vary and expressed his admiration for Biggie's lyrical prowess.
With wisdom and humility, Cube stated, “It’s subjective,” Cube said. “Everybody got they favorites. I put my stories up against anybody and I have a bigger sample size. But at the end of the day, everybody is going to have their different opinion. I love Biggie, I’m a fan of Biggie.”Cube further said: “I’ve wrote records for Eazy and N.W.A. And look, when we talking about storytelling, are we talking about rhyming? Because I write movies too, so I’m a hell of a storyteller. I can tell a damn story. So are we just talking about rap? That’s only a portion of what I do. Look, to be in that conversation, I’m winning already.
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Regarding Yayo's initial remarks, it all started when DJ EFN favorably mentioned Cube's 1991 diss track, "No Vaseline," from the critically acclaimed album Death Certificate.
Comparing it to Biggie's 1997 song, "N****s Bleed," featured on Life After Death, EFN sparked a discussion. In response, Yayo vehemently expressed his disagreement, vehemently exclaiming, “This is why I hate this industry shit,” Yayo said. “So you telling me Ice Cube is a better storyteller than Biggie? You fucking buggin! You lost your fucking mind! Ice Cube is better than Biggie as a storyteller? You fucking buggin n*a! You lost your fucking mind!”
Ice Cube's composed and insightful response serves as a testament to his maturity and artistic depth. Rather than engaging in a heated exchange, he chooses to acknowledge the power of subjectivity while affirming his respect for Biggie's undeniable talent. It's a reminder that in the world of storytelling, there is room for multiple greats, each with their unique contributions to the craft.